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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Private Rausch
By Baker Brownell
 
From “In Barracks”

PRISONER in life, Rausch, a private,
Thumped at steel-clad existence
Unavailingly.
 
Caught in the impassive tank
Of the dull day, firm        5
With a cool crust of metal
Wrapped around his fluid soul,
Rausch thumped and failed
To break the riveting.
 
Booze Rausch found one day        10
At a small bar under Corrine’s room,
And soul found vent
In a joyous spout.
 
Rausch was a gush
Out of a windowless, dull tank;        15
Soldier life, armor of discipline,
The close tyranny of small events,
Broke, and Rausch, full of booze,
Spouted himself expressively.
 
Rausch died of tremens one pay-day        20
While finding his legitimate soul.
 
 
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